Al-Jarba :  Opposition to receive advanced weapons from U.S
Al-Jarba : Opposition to receive advanced weapons from U.S
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Opposition coalition leader "Ahmad al-Jarba" said Wednesday that militants "would soon receive advanced weapons because they have been waging a two-front war against regime troops and militant extremists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS)".

Jarba said that his Coalition had achieved a "political victory" during last month’s Geneva-2 peace talks, arguing that leading states were now contemplating changes to their approach to the conflict.

"It is now time for us to receive advanced weapons.

He declined to discuss the details of the future arms shipments, and whether they would include shoulder-fired MANPADS, or anti-aircraft weapons.

Al-Jarba made the comments during an interview with Future Television conducted in Cairo, one day after he made made his first visit to Moscow, for talks with senior Russian officials.

Al-Jarba said that both Russia and China were coming around to the notion of altering their full support for the Syrian government, a change he said was evident during the course of the Geneva negotiations.

Jarba argued that while the "regime might have sought to turn the Geneva meetings into discussions about fighting terror, the fact that mainstream rebels were heavily involved in fighting ISIL militants had become clear to countries concerned with the conflict".

Media reports in recent days have indicated that U.S. Secretary of State "John Kerry" has been advocating a change of course in Syria, which could possibly see a stepping up of deliveries of weaponry to the militant.

In Washington, Kerry admitted that President al-Assad was making gains on the ground, but he denied U.S policy in Syria was failing.

"It’s fair to say that Assad has improved his position a little bit, yes. But he’s still not winning. This is a stalemate", Kerry told CNN television in an interview.

Earlier this week, the State Department denied reports Kerry told U.S. lawmakers in a private meeting that he believed it was time to change strategy in Syria, where some 136,000 people have died and millions have fled their homes.

U.S. President Barack Obama has so far refused to provide heavy weaponry to the opposition militants, amid fears it could fall into the hands of militant groups flooding into the country.

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